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First Year Experience: Getting Around the Library

This LibGuide was created to provide information on library resources for first-year students and their instructors.

COVID-19 Notification

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, some policies and procedures may have changed. While the University Libraries does its best to keep these guides updated, you may want to contact the appropriate department for more information before visiting the library. If you are unsure who to contact, please e-mail jennifer.joe@utoledo.edu and she will help!

Where To Go

Different parts of the university library serve different functions.

The Circulation Desk is the place to go if you have found a book in our collection that you want to check out.  The Circulation Desk is visible to your left as you walk through the Carlson Bridge/River entrance to the library, and is to the right, and around the corner if you are walking through the Student Union entrance. In addition, course reserves and OhioLINK pick up is at this desk. For more information on borrowing materials, please see this LibGuide. At the end of this desk, you will find IT Support.

Closest to the Carlson Bridge/River Entrance is the reference desk, labeled Information and Research Help. This is where you will find our reference assistants, who can help answer questions you might have. They answer a variety of questions, ranging in complexity, but they may refer you to a subject specialist if your question is very complex or will take a long time to answer.

Along the wall between the two entrances is CL1005, which is where a lot of library events take place. We hold events on our own and in conjunction with other departments on campus. Other rooms used for library events include the Dorothy Price Model Classroom (CL2024) and the Student Organizations Suite (CL 2003).

In the middle of the first floor is the main staircase to the second floor, where you will find Starbucks and CL2024 and CL 2003, as well as study rooms, and seating for group and individual study. The second floor is also home to the UToledo Veteran's Lounge. Please contact the Military Service Center for more information on this relaxing area specially designed to honor and serve our military veterans.

Taking the stairs down to the basement will lead you to the Learning Enhancement Center and the Writing CenterTRIO SSS,  a separate support program, is also housed in the library's basement. For more information on student support services, please visit this webpage. There is also more IT Support in the basement, to the right of the staircase.

Behind the staircase is a bank of elevators. If you walk around either side of that structure, you will see faculty offices along the back wall. These librarians are subject specialists who can help you with all your in-depth research needs. Find a subject specialist for your area and contact them to make an appointment.

Directly across from the faculty offices are the two library classrooms where library instruction is most frequently held. If you have a class meeting for a session in the library, that is most likely where you would be headed.

In addition to all these services, we have computers and printing available throughout the first floor of the library. The third floor houses more study rooms, as well as the Juvenile Book Collection, Maps, and Government Documents. The fourth floor contains the bulk of our circulating book collection - also referred to as the stacks.

Last, but not least, the fifth floor is home to the Canaday Center, which preserves university records and other archives material for various entities in Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Adjacent to the Canaday Center is the Carl Joseph Reading Room, named in honor of and supported by donations from the family of Carl Joseph, a Toledo resident who was killed in action on D-Day.